BJ Downing Kling
The story below does not present many concrete facts—it comes down to a he said she said which no doubt will end up with the child ‘s word holding less weight than the teachers in the end. While there is not much evidence that the teacher molested this child and many will point to a 5 million dollar law suit as a reason to make a false claim, great minds will have to look for more than circumstantial evidence whether they can prove it in the end or not. Having said that- there is one sentence in the article that floored me-it comes from the headmaster. This was more than a hug and the headmaster knows it—why else would she say “This is all my fault; I shouldn’t have let him hug the children.”
He hugs the children?
He hugs the children!!!
I am a retired school teacher, gone from the scene for 10 years and I remember clearly that we never hug the children, never under any circumstances and never the opposite sex. Indeed it is clear this behavior has occurred with teacher Noyes before and this school is going to do whatever they have to cover –up previous cover-ups. The only crack in this case appears to be the headmaster’s confession. She slipped up, break her and break the case or find another Jane Doe.
To win this case – they will have to find a prior to Jane Doe, because no one will believe the current claim without corroboration. I traced the case to the local news and the comments clearly aimed at discrediting the family. I will never understand why, with all the tragedy laid upon women and children by male perpetrators, the first response is always – he didn’t do it and she must be lying. Why is that? And why – especially when statistics shows 87% of the time he has done it? Even if it were 50% of the time – I want to know why HE always gets the benefit of the doubt?
They must be underwater on their house.
I sincerely hope a man’s reputation is not being destroyed over greed.
On second thought even another Jane Doe will be accused of jumping on the bandwagon for money- the headmaster must be made to confess what she knows and a very through investigation must be made into this teacher.
Who believes JANE DOE??
A little girl comes home with a terrible secret; she’s just been touched by her favorite teacher; touched in a way she knows is wrong. What anyone familiar with sexual assault will know is that this is was likely the beginning of the touching while the grooming of Jane Doe happened for months.
JANE DOE does what exactly what we teach our children to do. If someone touches you inappropriately – TELL someone.
JANE DOE did, but what happened next has left her family hurt, angry and ready to fight for justice for this brave little girl.
The story takes place in a close community in Naples, Florida, at Village School dedicated to Christian values where Doe has been a student since kindergarten. She is an outgoing, kind girl, who still to this day doesn’t even get the sexual nature of a breast touch as sex and breasts even being sexual are not even on her radar.
Her parents are the kind of people you’d want in your community, in your school, and as the support system to a traumatized kid. They are church going, softball playing, parents who take pride in their value-driven life. In fact, they chose Doe’s school because of its mission of, “educating the child’s mind, body, and spirit through Christian values in an ever-changing world.”
Since the day they told Doe’s story to the school, they’ve felt anything but Christian values.
It happened just after Christmas break. Jane Doe is in her homeroom class working on her math homework. She gets stumped on a long division problem and asks her teacher for help. She goes up to her teacher’s desk, and that’s when it happens.
As Doe tells her mother and father, the teacher began helping her with her first question. He put his hand under her dress and on her knee. Then, he reached his hand up her back and under her shirt, coming around the front to rub her chest. He keeps his hand there while he helps her with three other math problems.
Afterwards, Doe thanks him and returns to her seat.
The parents didn’t panic, but they did want answers. They approached the head of the school and heard her say, “This is all my fault; I shouldn’t have let him hug the children.”
Then things quickly turned from bad to worse. The school expels little Jane Doe (to me THE MOST EGREGIOUS PART OF THIS CASE!!) The teacher, who has refused to cooperate with police, has returned to his job.
PRIOR TO ANY LAWSUIT, we made many attempts to simply get answers. There was no desire to sue just a desire to make sure there was a proper police as well as school investigation. While the police partially did their job, the school failed this family, and Jane Doe. When I personally tried to get information, I was told the only way to do it was to bring a case. So here we are.
This is the story of a father who believes, and is standing up for his little girl. It’s about a mother who wants to make sure no other child goes through the pain and suffering her daughter has. The goal in filing a suit is to get answers, to hold the school accountable, to make sure that this case is not simply swept under the rug. It is our goal to have a safe forum for people to come forward as we know that there are likely other victims out there.
THE LEGAL TEAM:
Miami attorney JEFF HERMAN and Los Angeles Attorney jointly represent Jane Doe and her family. JEFF HERMAN is a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, announces the filing of a new lawsuit against THE VILLAGE SCHOOL, a Naples-area private school affiliated with the North Naples United Methodist Church, for the sexual abuse of a 9 year old student at the school. The family is also represented by ROBIN SAX, a California-based attorney and former sex crimes prosecutor, who is a frequent network TV commentator on high-profile legal cases, including the Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson prosecutions. SAX is a national expert in child sexual abuse and has written several books on the subject.
Filed under: Court bias against women, Domestic Violence, Misogyny/Sexism, Violence against women, Women against Women, Women's Rights | Tagged: Hugging Teacher Steven Noyes, Naples Florida, Village School, Village School Naples Fla. |